Daily bike commuting is just as demanding on your gear as bike touring, even though the miles may be shorter. I have ridden thousands miles of both touring and commuting, in all kinds of weather, and have come to rely on different bags for each. For both, you come to appreciate an investment in quality workmanship that keeps the load secure on your bike, protects your gear from the environment, and holds up over many seasons of use.
My touring bags stay home when commuting, because the loads, packing organization and daily usage are so different. Day-in, day-out commuting can also put the equivalent of many seasons of bike touring on your gear in just a few months. Once you get the commuter habit, you are likely to find that ordinary day trip bags are rapidly broken down by daily use.
That is why Bicycle Garage Indy offers Arkel’s commuter bag lines with their rock-solid hardware, good for years of service, combined with durable fabrics that protect your gear and look good heading into the office. For 2015 we have three Arkel commuting bags, two for your bike and 1 backpack, all designed with the serious commuter in mind.
The popular Arkel Shopper ($114.99) has been updated for 2015 with new colors and fabric accents. Shopping bag panniers get their name from the dimensions (8” x 12” x 16”) , the same as a flat bottomed paper grocery bag. The Shopper mounts with Arkel’s CamLock system, which securely mounts the bag to your rack, and can be released with a single pull. A nylon skirt closure can protect the contents, and inside is a zippered internal coin pocket and key leash. A shoulder strap is included and an optional laptop sleeve is available.
New for this season, Arkel introduced the Signature pack series for urban cyclists and commuters. The CamLock equipped Signature V ($149.99) and back-pack Signature D ($139.99) both feature a similar main compartment, with a roll-top closure. A laptop sleeve is built-in, and includes a mesh organizer pocket. A zipped in waterproof liner keep content dry, and allows for cleaning and maintenance the rugged outer bag.
The rack-mounting version includes a fabric flap to cover the CamLocks and a shoulder strap for off-the-bike convenience. Both bags feature reflective accents for riding safety. The Signature D backpack measures 6” x 12” x 16”, and the Signature V is 2” deeper at 8” x 12” x 16”.
Be sure to check out our Bike To Work info/resource page for Bike Month Events and and Indy's annual Bike To Work Day. Bicycle Garage Indy offers a complete line of Arkel bags for the commuter and and adventure rider. You can find them at any of our three locations, Bicycle Garage Indy North-82nd St (Just East of Dean Rd), Bicycle Garage Indy Greenwood (County Line Road, just west of I65) and Downtown in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.